Interior Design

The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration

A highly detailed look at the most accomplished English country house interiors, exemplifying English decorating at its best. The English drawing room, a formal place within a house of status where family and honored guests could retire from the more public arena, is one of the most important rooms in an English country house, and thus great attention has been paid to preserving the decoration of this most elegant of spaces: the center of life in the English countryside and the epitome of English country house decoration. This book offers privileged access to fifty of the finest drawing rooms of country houses and historic townhouses—many still in private hands—including Althorp, Attingham, and Knepp Castle. Through these sumptuous rooms, readers experience a history of English decorating from the sixteenth century to the present day, including the work of design legends such as David Hicks, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler, and David Mlinaric. Specially commissioned photographs capture the entirety of each room, as well as details of furniture, architectural elements, artwork, collections, and textiles, creating a visually seductive book that will inspire interior designers and homeowners interested in the widely popular classic English look.

About The Author

Jeremy Musson is the former architectural editor of Country Life, the cowriter and presenter of the BBC television series The Curious House Guest, and the author of many books, including English Country House Interiors, The English Manor House, How to Read a Country House, and The Country Houses of Sir John Vanbrugh. Paul Barker is one of England’s premier interior and architectural photographers, whose books include English Country House Interiors, England’s Thousand Best Churches, and English Ruins. Julian Fellowes is the creator of the hit series Downton Abbey.

  • Publish Date: September 16, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10 x 10
  • Pages: 272
  • US Price: $60.00
  • CDN Price: $60.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4333-6


The Drawing Room is a highly detailed look at the most accomplished English country house interiors. This book offers privileged access to 50 of the finest drawing rooms of country houses and historic townhouses, many still in private hands…” –Editor at Large

“…well worth the wait…As tempting as it might be ignore the text in favor of the book's beautiful photos by Paul Barker, don't. Musson's brief but illuminating surveys of each drawing room are chock full of architectural history, social history, and descriptions of furnishings and décor…” –Peak of Chic

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